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‘Twitter’ Used In Scientific Study About Human Behavior And Happiness

It is a fact and confirmed by Twitter that people generally wake up in a good mood and are happiest on weekends. How do you get that from Twitter? Scientists at Cornell University apparently had nothing better to do so, they turned to Twitter to get a glimpse of real-time unfiltered human behavior and they found a pretty consistent pattern. Researchers looked at tweets from 2.4 million people in 84 countries over two years and found the more than 500-million tweets to be very revealing. Basically, using a computer program that keyed in on certain words that indicated positive and negative moods. They found that for the most part, a positive attitude peaks early in the morning  and again around midnight, but dips around midmorning and begins to rise again in the early evening.

This is really not a study about human emotions and behavior, as much as it shows the scientific potential of social media. Also, keep in mind that Twitter users tend to be younger, more affluent and better educated than the general public. Other ‘Twitter’ studies are underway to look at political campaigning and to be able to predict flu-like outbreaks. Click here to read more about this fascinating study and go ahead, if you’re happy and you know it….tweet away!!

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